Question about 2002 Dodge Stratus
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This procedure is wayyyy to long to list on here. Your better off going to your local auto parts store and buying a repair manual for your car. It will have both detailed procedures for fixing both of your items. You can also goto the library and get the factory service manual for free. Good luck to you and thanks for using fixya!
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
Did this on my 2002 Stratus 2.4L. I agree with other poster, you do have to remove the passenger tire and wheel wall to do it, but the tensioner travels clockwise.
Note: I offer this solely as a description of how I accomplished the task on my vehicle. It should not be taken as me advising anyone else in any way on how or whether they manage to repair their own vehicles.
1) Engaged parking brake, loosened lugs on passenger front tire.
2) Jacked-up and placed jack-stand.
3) Removed piece of black under-carriage which surrounds the oil filter and attaches to front bumper. There are at least 10 plastic push-pins to remove and I managed to destroy half of them in the process.
4) Positoned belt over lower pulleys and tensioner (as best as possible) then used a bungee to hold the top end of belt up while I worked under the car.
5) Used a 3/8 ratchet and inserted into square hole attached to the tensioner, disengaged the tensioner (moves clockwise) then used a brace to keep the ratchet handle in that position.
6) From top, removed bungee and finished placing belt over alternator, checked the position of entire belt, reengaged the tensioner, and replaced wall and wheel.
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
REMOVE your whelland tire on the side that you want to make to fix, removed your brake caliper and attach it with a piece of wire to the suspention strut ,remove the part that hold the caliper,remove the bolt or the nut that hold the lower balljoint in your lower suspention arm to your stering kuckle,and separate those two parts with a long pry-bar or a suspention fork and hammer,remove your disc brake,loose the spindle nut from the axle(this big nut is in the center of whell and if you are not working witch an air impact tool loose it right after removing your whell cap before removing the whell this is a high torque on it be sure to tight it correcly when yuo ins tall it)and pull the suspension strut foward you to removed the axle from the stering kuckle take apry-bar put it betwen the transmission and axle and pry it out some trans mission fluid may leak installation is reverse.
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
The thermostat on this car is located on the passenger side lower Engine block. Follow the lower radiator hose and it will lead you right to it. The Wheel and splash guarding need to be removed as well as the Alternator to gain access to the housing bolts. It about a 3 hour job to replace thermostat.
Posted on Mar 12, 2010
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Posted on May 04, 2010
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